American Pie

A couple months ago it was reported that Universal Pictures was looking to bring the American Pie franchise back to the big screen, but not as a reboot, but a fourth film in the series featuring the cast of characters from the original trilogy. That’s right — Jim, Stiffler, Nadia, Oz, Michelle, and all the gang.  The studio was in talks with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers behind the Harold and Kumar films, to script American Pie 4.

Looks like the writing duo not only signed on to script the fourth installment, but also direct. But where does this leave the the third installment of the Harold & Kumar franchise? Find out, after the jump.

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Universal Pictures is looking to bring the American Pie franchise back to the big screen, but not as a reboot, but a fourth film in the series featuring the cast of characters from the original trilogy. That’s right — Jim, Stiffler, Nadia, Oz, Michelle, and all the gang. LA Times reports that the studio is in talks with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers behind the Harold and Kumar films, to script American Pie 4.
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Harold and Kumar

Back in July of last year, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg announced that they were developing a third Harold and Kumar film. It makes sense that New Line (aka Warner Bros) wanted a sequel after the release of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, which grossed over $43 million worldwide. Not bad for a film that was made for around $12 million. In fact, the first film, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, wasn’t even considered a success until developing a cult following on DVD.

There were rumors of a Neil Patrick Harris spin-off as well. But talks died down, and I just figured that the sequel and spin-off fell into development heck, especially with Kal Penn joining President Obama’s administration as a liaison to Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities and “arts groups.” But it appears that a project is still in the works, and actually much further along than we had believed.

Warner Bros has announced that they will be releasing A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas in theaters on November 5th 2010.

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MGM has hired Steve Pink (Accepted) to write and direct a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The original 1988 Frank Oz film starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as two con men who find that their town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree to a “loser leaves” bet. In 2005, the film was adapted into a Broadway musical starring John Lithgow. No actors have been cast but top-level talent is said to be interested. MGM has gone remake crazy as of late, with Red Dawn, Robocop, Fame and Poltergeist already in various stages of development. I’ll ask the expected question: Do we really need a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?

Rachel McAdams has been cast as Irene Adler, the “enigmatic love interest” in Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.  I’m slightly disappointed that Hollywood needs to add a romatic interest into the mix, even if that romantic interest is played by McAdams. The character appeared in just one of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, A Scandal in Bohemia from 1891. The film will be based on the forthcoming comic book adaptation which portrays Holmes as a more adventurous and tough version of the classic character. Previously announced: Robert Downey Jr will play Holmes, Mark Strong will play Blackwood, the main villain, and Jude Law has been cast as Watson.

Discuss: Does Sherlock Holmes need a love interest?

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the creators of the Harold and Kumar films, have signed on to write and direct Til Beth Do Us Part for Warner Bros. The comedy is about two friends who have their friendship put to the test when one of them becomes engaged. The film is said to be similar in tone to the Kumar films, but without the crazy fantastical elements. Nobody has been cast as the two male leads, but Warner hopes to have the film in production before April 2009. I’m interested to see what Hurwitz and Schlossberg can do outside of the racial discrimination/weed-infused comedy of Harold and Kumar.

Discuss: Will their next comedy film be funny if you don’t see it stoned?

source: THR

Harold and Kumar 3 Announced

While Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay had it moments, ultimately Slashfilm was let down, graphing it as a 4.5/10 (and later a 3.5/10 for the inclusion of a 311 song in 2008). The profitable sequel hits DVD on Tuesday and today Harold and Kumar 3 was given the greenlight for John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writer/directors of the previous film, who also penned the funnier White Castle.

Kal Penn and John Cho have an option for a third film, and unless they’ve upgraded to heroin, we expect them to bong it up and crash yet another Bottlomless Party on screen—but this time, I dunno, make it count. Diving into the Slashfilm archives, last March rumors circulated that a Neil Patrick Harris spin-off was also a possibility. Six cameos I would like to see in a third film: Brad Pitt’s Floyd from True Romance, Arrowhead Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s 2, a bloodshot Smokey the Bear, Andy Dick selling Xanax to children in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot, Corey Haim’s trailer, and the cross-joint from Pineapple Express.

Discuss: Who should cameo in Harold and Kumar 3? In all seriousness, should they title this film, Harold and Kumar: What’s the Point? If not, what should the subtitle be? Would you rather see an NPH spin-off?

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It’s Saturday, it’s raining, college basketball is slowing down, and Doomsday belly-flopped: how about a Neil Patrick Harris post? Why not, right? Peter didn’t exactly chug a pitcher of beer in totes awe after watching Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay at SXSW, but I think it’s safe to say we’d both like to see this stoner comedy franchise continue. AICN reports that H&K2 directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are toying around with a spin-off to the “it’s not a bomb, it’s a bong!” sequel (hitting April 25th) focusing on the former titular star of Doogie Howser, M.D.

And NPH himself, he of the unicorn mastery (see above), has chimed in about the possibilities. While he’s hesistant, he’s also seemingly aware and open to the idea of a spin-off…

Neil Patrick Harris: Part of me thinks that would be really hilarious just to make up this fictitious back story of my family and that makes me think of Steve Martin in THE JERK, just going really outlandish and then part of me thinks that is just truly jumping the shark, so I don’t know. When you are spinning off a character that’s based on a real person, but not real… I don’t know, it might be too much, but if anyone can write it…

Quint [AICN]: It worked for John Malkovich

Neil Patrick Harris: That’s true. If anyone could write it, they can, so who knows? I think that would honestly entirely depend upon the success of the next couple of months. 

With NPH already so integral to the marketing of the sequel and doing more press this go’round, such a spin-off is not unlikely (…actually :). The only question is, would such a spin-off be like playing limbo with the pop culture niche factor? How many people would get the joke/appeal outside of College Humor readers and loyal viewers of How I Met Your Mother?

Discuss: Could an NPH spin-off do well at the box office? Is NPH the new WTF or POS (Parent Over Shoulder)? Do you expect H&K2 to be a big hit or just another college sleeper?